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Mike took off his pants and stood before the crowd in his sleeveless T-shirt and shorts.

"Now I'm ready to go to the beach," he said as everyone in the room laughed. He had our attention.

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"I've been living in Ecuador for more than eight years," Mike continued, "and I've hosted a lot of other American expats and retirees shopping for a place to live in this country. What I've found is that, for many of them, Ecuador's coast is more rugged and more rustic than they're prepared for. I want to say that from the start. Ecuador is a developing country. It has a long and amazingly beautiful coastline, but the beaches and beach towns along it are, likewise, developing. This isn't Panama or Costa Rica. There are no five-star resorts along this coast.

"That said," Mike continued, "there is one town that I'd recommend if you're looking for minimal culture shock, one spot that is more developed than the others.

"I'm talking about Samborondon, near Guayaquil.

"Now, Guayaquil reminds me of Mississippi. Muddy and flat. Hot and humid. I wouldn't recommend Guayaquil for anyone.

"However, not too far away is, again, what I'd say is one of this country's most beautiful and most comfortable waterfront lifestyle choices. It's not on the ocean but on the river. Still, I'd say that Samborondon is Ecuador's best-kept secret.

"Farther north along the coast is Salinas. This is 'the' vacation beach town in Ecuador. I call it 'Little Miami Without The Crime.' No drive-by shootings here.

"On the other hand, as I said, there are no five-star resorts here either. Well, there's one hotel that calls itself five star, but that's a stretch. Really, all the hotels in Salinas are mom-and-pop kinds of places. Salinas can get crowded, and it's also among the most expensive coastal options in this country at this point.

"Ayunque, on the other hand, 30 minutes north of Salinas, is a sleepy spot. Historically, this has been one of Ecuador's poor man's beaches, where the locals come for getaways and US$2.50 lunches.

"I enjoy Ayunque. I visit when I can for the lobster. But this is another typical Ecuadorean beach--that is, it's rustic, basic.

"Continuing up the coast you come to Mangaralto. This is a community being developed especially for expats and foreign retirees. This is going to be a place to enjoy a more developed standard of living, with infrastructure and amenities. A quarter-acre lot on the beach here is US$100,000.

"Now, that may not seem super cheap, but you have to remember how to process this. First, a quarter-acre beachfront lot is a very big beachfront lot.

"Second, while you may read in some places about US$10,000 beachfront lots in this country, the truth is that those don't really exist anymore. You can still find very cheap beachfront lots, but anything super cheap is going to be remote, off on its own, with no services, no infrastructure, and no amenities. You'd have to provide your own electricity, your own water, and your own sewage system. That's not for everyone. And the costs of bringing in those services yourself will make that cheap lot much less cheap.

"Continuing north along the coast, you come to Montanita. This is Key West from 20 years ago with a bit of New Orleans thrown in, the most eclectic, most bohemian beach spot in this country. Historically, this has been a surfer's beach, but today Montanita is attracting all kinds of folks looking to have a good time. This is a party town. Don't come here for peace and quiet.

"Olon, just next door, is a completely different experience. This is a tranquil 8-mile-long beach perfect for families and swimming.

"Then comes La Entrada, which is the northernmost beach spot along the stretch of this country's coast that I'd recommend. Why? Because this stretch of Ecuador's coast has less humidity and less bugs than farther north, where it's more tropical. Also, the sunsets along this part of the coast are killer.

"On the other hand, this part of the coast has an off season. Six months of the year, roughly June through November, this long stretch of coastline becomes seriously grey. It's overcast and rainy for days, even weeks at a time. Most real estate agents who take you shopping in this part of the country won't admit this. But it's an important thing to understand.

"The season is different down in Playas, closer to Guayaquil. So what I did, when I realized all this," Mike explained to the crowd, "was to buy a second little beach house. Now I spend half the year up north, near Salinas, and half the year down south, and I have year-round sunshine.

"One really interesting thing about this is that, while June through November is the off season in these beach towns in terms of weather, it's the peak season for the locals, because their kids are out of school. June, July, and August, therefore, are great rental months. If you had a beach house in this part of the country, you could rent it out those months while you were elsewhere enjoying the sunshine."

Kathleen Peddicord

P.S. Mike gave two presentations today--the first this virtual tour of Ecuador's top beach towns, the second sharing the details of his own experience living, raising a family, and starting a business in this country (I'll share more on this later).

Meantime, we recorded both of Mike's talks, just as we're recording every presentation over the three days of this week's event. The audio-recordings will be bundled with all the PowerPoint and other materials from every speaker (Mike's PowerPoint today included a series of great Ecuador beach photos) to create our all-new Live and Invest in Ecuador Home Conference Kit.

While the conference continues, you can order a copy of this one-of-a-kind and comprehensive Ecuador resource at a special pre-release rate that is a full 50% off the retail price. Click here for details on the Live and Invest in Ecuador Home Conference Kit.

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"Almost all of us have a dream about how life could be...how retirement could be. But far too often, our ideas collect dust until one day, far off in the future, we ask ourselves, 'What if I had done it?'

"'What if I had pursued that dream I had long ago?'

"I promised myself that I was not going to let that happen to me. So more than 12 years ago, I started my quest to seize that dream and make it a reality. I set out to find my own piece of paradise south of the border. Little did I know at the time that I'd end up this far south! The good news is that when I finally landed in Ecuador, it surpassed all of my dreams and expectations.

"We get very few chances in life to change our future in a dramatic way. That's what my decision to move to Ecuador has been. A chance to change my life in a dramatic way...for the better.

"Ecuador is an Adventureland. It offers an incredible diversity of landscapes and geography, from sea level to over 21,000 feet, in a country the size of Nevada. I have traveled all over Ecuador. I have lived in the Andes, in the lowlands, and now at the beach. Each region has its magic, and the best part is that they are all very affordable.

"That said, I often have to remind folks that Ecuador is not Disneyland. It's not Cancun, Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas, or even Costa Rica. By contrast, it's basic...unspoiled...and unpolished. Therein lies the opportunity. If it were like Cancun, the opportunity would be gone, and prices would be out of reach for most of us.

"Instead, Ecuador is like Costa Rica 15 or 20 years ago, with a lot of opportunity and upside. But this wealth of opportunity has a price.

"If you want perfection--for things to go according to plan and for everything to happen on time, for example--then maybe Ecuador is not the place for you. This is truly a mañana culture. Having lived in it now for so long, though, I believe they've got it right. There are those of us who stress about all that has to be done...and others who can relax and understand that eventually what needs to get done will get done. I spent much of my life in the first camp; now truly embrace the second. My stress is gone.

"Very soon after I moved here, one afternoon, I went to the nearby market and purchased a hammock. I bought a few bottles of local beer on the way home. On the beach in front of my house, I found two coconut trees and tied the hammock up between them. I sunk into the hammock and sipped the cold brew as I watched the sun disappear into the Pacific.

"We all deserve that kind of experience, those moments that remind you what life is all about.

"The important thing to understand is that those moments can be yours easier than you think. All you need is a sense of adventure.

"I know it sounds like a fantasy. But I can tell you firsthand that Ecuador can teach you how to let go and enjoy! Coming here could be the best decision you've ever made and settling in to a low-stress lifestyle could actually extend your life by many years.

"We all have choices to make in life, choices we make all the time, every day, but most of them don't change our entire experience of this world. My choice to move to Ecuador more than 10 years ago did that.

"Will you, one day, wonder, 'What if...?'

"I won't. I decided to follow my dream, and I haven't looked back for one moment."

You can meet Mike and speak with him in person about his experience reinventing his life in Ecuador at our Live and Invest in Ecuador event in February.

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Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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